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Blandford Press, London- first edition, 1968. Hardcover, 11¼" x 9¼", with dust jacket. Ours is a rebound ex-library copy with usual stamps, stickers, barcode, pocket etc. Endpapers are soiled; jacket 'blurb' mounted to half-title page; jacket edges worn. GOOD book in GOOD price-clipped dust jacket. Rebound in light-blue boards with full-colour flags & pennants as endpapers, full-colour illustrated title-page ('Berwick' 1775), 63 full-colour drawn illustrations, many b&w drawings, 72-pages of appendices, glossary, bibliography, and index. This splendidly illustrated book presents the history of the development of the wooden fighting ship from the time of King Alfred until the third quarter of the nineteenth century, which saw the end of traditional wooden ship-building for the Royal Navy. Besides the general text, this book contains copious lists of establishments of ships and guns, a summary of British naval events to 1860, appendices on flags and types of shot, and a glossary of naval terms.